January 31st, 2010, 10:31 PM
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Phila, PA
Device(s): Galaxy Nexus LTE,
Motorola Droid Razr
Carrier: Verizon Wireless
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I won't mess with the "replacement home" apps because there isn't a single one out there that doesn't force close the phone. Also, reports of them slowing down the phone are fairly common. I know a lot of people swear by them and will say they have been running such and such for months without a problem.... but I'm not interested. The only appeal of a home app is the additional home screens, and with 2.1 around the corner and 5 home screens included, I'm happy to wait. There are plenty of widgets out there to "customize" my screens.
I recommend a few.
Power Control Widget - gives you a bar with 5 switches to turn on/off: GPS, Wifi, Bluetooth, sync anddim/bright.
Beautiful widgets: gives you a little weather, clock, date and comes in 2 sizes and supports skins. Also includes widgets for putting the phone in vibrate mode, silent mode and airplane mode.
CalWidget - gives you multiple sizes and displays upcoming calendar events.
BatteryLife - gives a nice color display of, well, battery life.
There are plenty of other widgets as well, but that's what I work with.
I also recommend BetterCut which allows you to edit the shortcuts on your home screens. You can change the names and also the icons....great for apps with ugly icons or names that are too long to even fit.